The Province’s goal is to make sure that all newcomers to B.C. have the supports they need to build a productive life in B.C.’s thriving economy.
Our number one priority for newcomers is the same for all British Columbians – good jobs to help support their families.
That’s why we’re investing in skills-training programs so newcomers have a solid foundation to build a new life in British Columbia.
These investments complement access to all the services available to British Columbians such as world-class education and health care.
- While primary responsibility for delivering settlement and resettlement services to immigrants and refugees rests with the federal government, the Province invests in:
- Orientation, information and referral of newcomers to relevant services and to make community connections.
- Training to help newcomers improve their English.
- Training to help skilled immigrants and refugees access employment in B.C. that aligns with their pre-arrival training and education.
- Foreign Qualifications Recognition initiatives to help trained international workers get their credentials recognized quickly in B.C.
- Employment programs such as the Employment Program of BC and the Canada-B.C. Job Grant that help immigrants and refugees find employment.
- A Refugees Readiness Online Hub (refugeehub.issbc.org) to help make information and connections more accessible throughout the province.
- The WelcomeBC.ca portal for new and prospective British Columbians is a key resource with:
- Information on language training and other settlement services, and help to find employment and a place to live;
- Videos on a range of topics including settling and working in B.C.; and
- Success stories of newcomers in B.C.
- The province also produces a Newcomers’ Guide that answer many questions newcomers have to help make it easier for them to settle into life in B.C.: https://www.welcomebc.ca/Start-Your-Life-in-B-C/Newcomers-Guides
Media RelationsMinistry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour